ASU professor named 2012 Innovator of the Year in academia

November 15, 2012

The Arizona Technology Council has named Arizona State University professor Wayne Frasch as the 2012 Innovator of the Year in academia. Frasch received the prestigious award during the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards gala, Nov. 8.

Frasch, a professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, developed a highly sensitive nanodevice that can be used for early detection of bioterrorist agents, diseases and pathogens. Professor Wayne Frasch receives the 2012 Innovator of the Year Award in Academia Download Full Image

“It’s a great honor to receive the Innovator of the Year award in academia,” said Frasch. “I was humbled to be a finalist, especially alongside the other creative and talented contenders.  I am especially grateful for my fellow researchers and collaborators who deserve recognition for all of their dedication and hard work.”

Frasch’s nanodevice improves upon available technologies in both medicine and national defense. His device is particularly sensitive and fast-acting, and has the potential to greatly improve early diagnosis of diseases.

“We are pleased that the Arizona Technology Council honored Professor Frasch for the hard work that went into creating his innovative biosensor,” said Brian Smith, director of ASU’s School of Life Sciences. “Not only is Wayne a talented professor, he is a skilled researcher who is making a real difference in our society. We are proud of his accomplishments.”

Frasch is the founder and CEO of an Arizona State University spinoff company called Attometrics, Inc. His work has led to nine patent applications, six of which were issued in the past year.

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation event honors innovative leaders in technology from throughout the state of Arizona. The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce chose the finalists. 

Sandra Leander

Manager, Media Relations and Marketing, School of Life Sciences


ASU, Mayo Clinic open commercialization awards application

November 15, 2012

Personalized medicine offers the promise of breakthroughs in prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease by calibrating healthcare around the varying genetic codes of both individual patients and the diseases that afflict them.

The Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic has joined with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) at Arizona State University in sponsoring awards of $5,000 to $100,000 per award to promote commercialization of research in the general area of personalized medicine. Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology venturing arm of Arizona State University, will manage this initiative on behalf of ASU. individualized medicine Download Full Image

“The awards will foster research collaboration between the two institutions and lead to commercialization opportunities in the more than $200 billion individualized medicine industry,” said Jeremy L. Friese, director of New Business and Development in Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine. “At the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, our goal is not only to make discoveries in genomic and clinical sciences, but also to translate these breakthroughs into real-world applications that can improve healthcare for our patients.”

“Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic have some of the top scientists and physicians in the world doing research in these areas,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of OKED. “These awards will deepen the ties between our researchers and provide a boost for promising technologies in this area.”

Qualifying projects will:

1. pertain to individualized medicine, broadly defined as “discovering and integrating the latest in genomic, molecular and clinical sciences into personalized care,” encompassing wellness and nutrition; personalized services, devices and IT; and diagnostics

2. lead to commercialization potential in the short term

3. involve or result in collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU

Funds can be used for a variety of activities, including (but not limited to) prototype development, software or service development, pilot execution, company formation, or research endeavors leading to a commercialization product/ service.

Applications can be for new proposals or ongoing projects. The awards are open to ASU faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Student/ faculty teams are encouraged to apply. Applications may contain membership from only one of the two institutions (ASU and Mayo Clinic); matchmaking can occur upon award selection.

For more information and to apply, visit Applications must be received by Dec. 21. Awards will be granted January 2013. 

Contact Charlie Lewis, AzTE vice president of venture development, at with questions.